Ibn al-Haytham: 1,000 Years after the Kitāb al-Manāẓir

Stephen R. Wilk

Ibn al-Haytham’s seven-volume Book of Optics, published in 1015, greatly influenced the field of optics. However, some aspects of Ibn al-Haytham’s work have also been the subject of controversy for historians of science.


figurePortrait of Abū ‘Alī al-Ḥasan ibn al-Haytham (Alhazen). Portrait by Zargar Zahoor

The International Year of Light, a global initiative to highlight the importance of light and optical technologies for the future and for the development of society, coincides with several anniversaries of optics and photonics milestones. One of the oldest milestones we’ll celebrate this year is the millennial anniversary of the publication of Abū ‘Alī al-Ḥasan ibn al-Haytham’s seven-volume Kitāb al-Manāẓir (Book of Optics).

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